A former enforcer for the New Bedford chapter of the Latin Kings gang was sentenced today on drug charges in U.S. District Court.

Jeremia Medina, a.k.a “King Sweepy,” 33, was sentenced to eight years in prison and three years of supervised release, after he pleaded guilty on March 10 to conspiracy to distribute, manufacture and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Medina was an enforcer for the Latin Kings in New Bedford, and conspired with fellow gang members to manufacture and distribute the drugs in a vast drug trafficking network throughout the city.

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As an enforcer, he “organized violent acts by the gang and administering violations and other violence,” and was “also recorded on video participating in multiple beatings of individuals targeted by the gang,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Media was arrested in December 2019 as part of Operation Throne Down, the multi-agency takedown of the Latin Kings gang in Massachusetts that led to a federal grand jury handing down indictments against 62 members of the gang alleging racketeering conspiracy, drug conspiracy and firearms charges. Medina is the 32nd defendant to be sentenced in the case.

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